Instructional technology / distance education

Traditional colleges aim to boost LMS usage

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Educational Technology
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Lasell College mandates that all faculty use basic features in the online learning platform, sparking discussion of traditional colleges, LMS usage and the "data revolution."

Stanford professors spin off company to support free online courses

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Two Stanford professors spin off their experiments with massively open online courses (MOOCs) into a company that could serve as a platform for similar projects.

California State rolls out plan for centralized online learning portal

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The nation's largest university moves to embrace distance ed, hoping to solve growing capacity issues. Some faculty are dubious.

Kno-Cengage lawsuit highlights high stakes of digital migration

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EdTech Industry
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A legal spat over e-textbook "enhancement" tools highlights the importance of digital content as tech companies clamber for customers.

Using Big Data to Predict Online Student Success

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An ambitious research project is proving the payoffs of predictive analytics in higher ed, and early findings overturn conventional wisdom about student success.

Stanford open course instructors spin off for-profit company

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Open Education
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The instructors of Stanford's massively open online artificial intelligence course spin their idea into a for-profit venture.

Apple drops new iPad apps for digital textbook creation and distribution

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Any digital textbook revolution that flows from Apple's splashy unveiling may be contingent on everybody adopting its vaunted computing tablet, experts say.

Tech giant unveils iBooks 2, iBook Author, and upgraded iTunes U

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LIVE UPDATES: Officials announce 100 new courses produced with colleges, and plans to make textbooks far more versatile.

What does the LMS of the future look like?

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Two young companies try to elbow their way into the learning-management market, while another looks to subvert it from the outside.

U.S. News & World Report releases first ever online college program rankings

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Online Education
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Despite data collection bugs, U.S. News & World Report publishes the first online iteration of its controversial college rankings.

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